Brendan Rodgers has made his intentions clear this month. No player will leave Leicester City for pastures new.
That would seemingly include Ben Chilwell who has been linked with a £60m switch away from the King Power Stadium this month.
According to The Sunday Mirror (12/01/2020, pg.67), Leicester will pursue Manchester United’s Luke Shaw in the event that they sell Chilwell who the report claims has attracted the interest of Chelsea and Manchester City.
But despite Rodgers’ claims about possible outgoings this month, it appears Leicester fans aren’t completely sold on that idea and would, in fact, like to see their promising left-back walk through the exit door.
Some fans chose to focus on the £60m evaluation itself, as one suggested they’d drive him all the way to his new club if that was the fee they received. A further individual was rather blunt in their assessment, simply muttering that they needed to sell him in quick fashion.
Are you for real he’s not up to it sell him soon as for any amount
— mike kneafsey (@kneafsey59) January 13, 2020
Sell, and quick
— James (@Ziggy92LCFC) January 13, 2020
I’ll drive him there myself for that price!
— Ricky bass (@Rickybass061208) January 13, 2020
Cash in while the value is still high.
— James Coles (@Jimbob5326) January 13, 2020
Further fans who wanted him sold only have one replacement in mind – Benfica’s Grimaldo. Perhaps supporters had in mind the fact that Leicester’s scouts travelled to watch the Portuguese side in action over the summer.
Although no concrete evidence of a potential move has emerged, he’d certainly make a capable successor for Chilwell. An attacking force, Grimaldo has registered six assists this term as well as making 2.4 tackles per game.
Sell and then re invest in Grimaldo
— Mark (@Sparky_2266) January 13, 2020
I’d sell as long as we have a decent replacement. I’d go for Grimaldo from Benfica.
— crossx77 (@Crossx77) January 13, 2020
Further reaction to Chilwell’s potential departure on Twitter centred around summer arrival James Justin. The full-back, who can play on the left or the right of defence has found chances difficult to come by in 2019/20.
The former Luton man has featured only six times in all competitions but proved his worth over the festive period. On his first Premier League start versus West Ham, he won two tackles, completed a solitary interception and also performed one successful dribble.
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Amongst the pleas for him to come into the team was a damning assessment of Chilwell who was called a liability by one fan. In three of his last four league outings, he’s failed to earn a match rating above 6.3, via WhoScored.
£60M crazy money for a grossly-overrated player with limited ability, who’s development has regressed to the extent he’s become a liability. No brainier we sell. Fee bankrolls/kick-starts our movement in the jan transfer market. Give Justin a run out & loan a LB til May #lcfc
— Sean 🇬🇧 (@TrueBrit4life) January 13, 2020
— Nick dewing (@NickNickd1967) January 14, 2020
Whether Leicester do cash in on Chilwell remains to be seen, but given his performances over the festive and New Year period, receiving £60m for his services would be excellent business.
In further news, Leicester reportedly already have their Chilwell successor in mind…